Obama's false triumph in Syria
Dec 23, 2015 6:22 AM - By his own estimation, Barack Obama may have finally earned his Nobel Peace Prize. Speaking to a small gathering of journalists last week, the president said that by not sending ground forces to the Middle East over the last few years he had saved 100 lives per month and many billions of dollars. The math is odd, but as long as he's at it, let me cite the casualty that's in plain sight: the straw man he slayed. Almost no one ever proposed that American troops be used in Syria or anywhere else in the Middle East. I say "almost" because there is no accounting for John McCain or Lindsey Graham, but as for the rest of the government, nobody of consequence ever publicly proposed putting substantial numbers of American military in the Middle East.